Human Number Line

As a little introduction lesson to number lines, I decided
to do a little movement activity. First I had the students help me fill in a
number like that was missing some numbers on it.

Then, we did a short activity on greater than/less than on
the table. To do this, I would pick two numbers on the number line and mark them with small post-its, and have
the students compare them.

I wrote the numbers on dry/erase slates, and had volunteer students create the amount using linking cubes. We would then decide if the number on the less was less than, greater than, or equal to the number on the right.

For example:
Is 37 to the right or
to the left of 44? (left)
Okay, so is 37 less
than or greater than 44? (less than)
Show me the correct
sign that will show 37 is less than 44.

Here’s another picture..

After the students could fluently do the above, we created our
human number line!

To make the number line, I just put down some trusty duck tape and measured the spacing out of the lines. I would only number one or two points on the number line,
and each of the students would be given a dry/erase slate with a number on it.
Once they found their number, they would stand there until everyone had found
their point.
Here is a little pic of me doing the activity – I didn’t get a chance to take any photos in action {SORRY!}. We did this several times, and the students really enjoyed trying to beat their time. Plus, it beats filling in the blanks on a worksheet!
Hope everyone had a great Tuesday!


  1. Leigh Langton on February 16, 2013 at 3:00 am


    I love the idea of the human number line! What a fun way to engage your students! I really enjoy reading your blog week to week and I wanted to nominate you for the Liebster Award. This award serves as a way to recognize "up and coming" blogs. Head on over to my blog to find out more!

    The Applicious Teacher

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